J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Huy and its Citadel from the Hillside to the North 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
Huy and its Citadel from the Hillside to the North 1839
D28067
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 13 a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 94 x 154 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner depicts the Walloon city of Huy from surrounding hillsides to the north. The citadel, built in 1818 by the Dutch, occupies a commanding position atop the crest of a tor. Beneath it, towards the left, is the tower of the Gothic Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame. Other churches and local buildings have been roughly sketched into the valley floor. The foreground is peopled with various figures; to the left locals drive carts up a track and to the right Turner has jotted in two seated figures looking out over the view. Drawn minimally with just two or three curled lines, Turner captures their postures instantly: an example of the artist’s aptitude for pictorial shorthand.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Huy and its Citadel from the Hillside to the North 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-huy-and-its-citadel-from-the-hillside-to-the-north-r1150341, accessed 30 November 2020.